Sun Safety and Skin Cancer Prevention

-Provided by the Geisel School of Medicine's Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) at Dartmouth. 

Geisel students are proud to promote healthy skin habits!

Geisel students are passionate about promoting awareness for sun protection and healthy skin habits. Here in the Upper Valley students are active year-round with outdoor activities- especially in the winter season for snow sports. This exposure INCREASES student's risk for skin damaging UV radiation. Snow can reflect up to 90% of the sun's UV rays, and even on cloudy, rainy, or snowy days that UV rays aren't felt- they are still working!  DIG is excited to promote our new links for easy access to information on sun protection, skin cancer, and resources for early detection and prevention of skin damage. 

 

Did you know…….

  • Sun exposure can damage your skin in as little as 5-10 minutes.
  • Even without a burn, sun exposure raises skin cancer risk. Even if you are tan or your skin type is dark and your skin does not redden, the sun can cause cellular damage that can lead to cancer.

  • 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.
  • Having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma.
  • When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99 percent.

Provided by the Skin Cancer Foundation 

Additional Resources:

Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics

Don’t Fry Day

https://www.epa.gov/sunsafety

https://www.weather.gov/ilx/uv-index (scroll down for helpful chart)

Dartmouth Health's Dermatology Clinic: Protecting Your Skin from Sun